Delays high-speed A’dam-Paris rail-link

10th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 October 2007, THE HAGUE(AFP) - The high-speed train-link between Amsterdam and Paris with the so-called Thalys trains suffered a setback Tuesday, with the announcement of new delays to the service, initially due to start in December.

10 October 2007

THE HAGUE(AFP) - The high-speed train-link between Amsterdam and Paris with the so-called Thalys trains suffered a setback Tuesday, with the announcement of  new delays to the service, initially due to start in December.

Dutch Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings said in a letter to parliament that a plan to start the high-speed service at 160 km/h (100 mph) in December was "dangerous." There is no new date fixed for the Dutch part of the high-speed rail link to open.

The Thalys trains between Amsterdam and Paris currently use regular train tracks between Brussels and Amsterdam. On that leg of the journey the high-speed trains run at the same speed as regular international trains.
 
Initially the Netherlands had planned for a medium speed 160 km/h link between Amsterdam and Rotterdam to start in December.

In a second phase initially set for October 2008 the trains were set to travel the distance between the French and the Dutch capital at 300 km/h (187 mph).

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Subject: Dutch news

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